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Knife and fork: M.36A & B-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unidentified




Mother-of-pearl, wood and steel with brass mounts; the knife has a steel scimitar-shaped blade and a pistol grip handle which is inlaid with striped bands of mother-of-pearl and wood; the two-tined fork is similarly decorated.

Mother-of-pearl, wood and steel with brass mounts; the knife has a scimitar-shaped blade with flatted ball-shaped bolster; the pistol grip handle is inlaid with striped bands of wood set with small brass pellets and mother-of-pearl. The handle terminates in an engraved section of mother-of-pearl. Round the handle is an engraved brass mount held with dark metal pins, and a broad engraved brass ferrule. The fork has two long steel tines and a polymorphic bolster; the handle is decorated similarly to that of the knife.


History note: Frank Smart Collection

Legal notes

From the Frank Smart Collection, given by T.J.G. Duncanson

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1930) by Duncanson, T. J. G.


17th Century, Late-18th Century, Early#
Circa 1650 CE - 1750 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Handle composed of wood
Fork Length 20.7 cm
Knife Length 23.5 cm

Materials used in production

Brass (alloy)

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.36A & B-1930
Primary reference Number: 166969
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 13 December 2017 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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